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What Kind of Multimeter Should I Buy?


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#1 F-1DeskLamp

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 04:27 AM

I'm doing some work on computers, phones, and TV's.  I kind have fixed everyone's around the place just as favors, and so far no errors.  It seems I'm good with logic.  

So I thought I would start charging to do it.  

I see a bunch of multimeters for sale online.  What is right for the job though?  

 

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 07:24 AM

Perhaps this will help.

 

https://www.caroutfitter.com/best-multimeter-reviews/


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:40 PM

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 08:55 PM

I am really inclined to a FLUKE meter.  They have the most accurate and durable units on the market.  I have one from 1974, an 8020A model that has been around the globe and is still as accurate as the day it was made.  I have two spare units in the event of failure but hasn't happened yet.  Those cheap units, costing less than $50. USD are not that accurate and tend to load down the circuit you're measuring.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 10:12 PM

I see.  Thanks.  



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 02:59 PM

Gone are the days when you'd just go to Radio Shack and pick one up.  I'll second Fluke as a great brand, but they are pricey.  Looks like you can pick up a basic Fluke for less than $50 or spend as much as you want on a higher end version.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:38 PM

Gone are the days when you'd just go to Radio Shack and pick one up.  I'll second Fluke as a great brand, but they are pricey.  Looks like you can pick up a basic Fluke for less than $50 or spend as much as you want on a higher end version.

Yep I sure miss my Radio Shack as it was just down the road a piece and around the corner.

 

For the basic user a $50.00 Fluke Multi-Meter should do fine.

 

The best advice I can give you is Learn How To Use It Safely even though the are fused protected you can still burn them up if connected wrong.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 04:15 PM

i'm still using my fluke 87 from 1996



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:10 PM

My Multi-Meters the 2 top ones are my favorites.

 

this one is from 1960s.

 

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JolJ86jxqUs/UbHoTQ-ibOI/AAAAAAAAGEs/gN_V_KDuqrg/s1600/rca-wv98c-volt-ohmyst-vtvm-meter.jpg

 

this one from 1970.

 

https://mdlvcollective.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/simpson_260-multimeter.jpg?w=869

 

this one from 1975.

 

http://www.museu-tecnologia.com.br/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/f-0031-500x337.jpg

 

this one from 1984.

 

http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/rosasacosta9/media/cGF0aDovRFNDMDQwNjYgY29weV96cHNubHMyeGVtaC5qcGc=?ref=

 

Truly my favorite piece of test equipment from 1975.

 

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8374/8500574162_36aa0d1d9a_z.jpg


Edited by The-Toolman, 13 November 2017 - 05:19 PM.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:34 PM

lol, i've used all those but one of the simpson meter from 1975.  



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:55 PM

lol, i've used all those but one of the simpson meter from 1975.  

 

 

Yep they're all pretty common pieces that have been around for a long time. :thumbup2:


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 08:51 PM

I can't count the number of Simpson 260 I've repaired.  I spent two years as a test director on an assembly floor where multimeters were needed, but we didn't dare let them have any of the digital meters after seeing what they did to them.  So the 260 was the unit they got, not really cheap but serviceable and cheaper than the digitals at the time 1978.  The 260 came with many options too, to do RF signals and higher currents and had internal fuses to protect itself from reverse polarities and overcurrent events.  It seems that even with written directions and diagrams some people just can't get it right.  Better a $250  Simpson gets smoked instead of a $500 digital.  Things are cheaper today, even local tool outlets give them away.



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 09:13 PM

Nice pics.  I've used something like this during some training years ago.  

 

I think I'm going to have to start with a cheapy before I move on up.  



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Posted 13 November 2017 - 10:09 PM

I have a lot of test equipment signal generators / frequency meters / tube tester / capacitor tester just all sorts of pieces I use now and then as I work on old tube radios and such when I can find them at estate sales cheap and not butchered.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 11:04 PM

I have a lot of test equipment signal generators / frequency meters / tube tester / capacitor tester just all sorts of pieces I use now and then as I work on old tube radios and such when I can find them at estate sales cheap and not butchered.

 

Do you flip them for good money?  I used to watch a few antique picker and restoration shows.  Do you kind of do that?  






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